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Endangered Species

  • Killer in Distress - Dec 26: Scientists are working to understand why the population of Southern Resident killer whales isn’t rebounding, and what we can do to help them recover.
  • Teacher at Sea Learns the Right Kind of Lessons - Dec 13: Teacher at Sea Angela Greene joined NOAA scientists for a survey to study one of the nation's most critically endangered species: the North Atlantic right whale. Find out what she learned.
  • Right Whales: Steady as We Go - Dec 6: One of the principal threats to right whale recovery is collisions with ships. Because of this threat, NOAA Fisheries is renewing a rule meant to reduce the threat of vessel collisions with right whales.
  • A Changing Climate for Endangered Species - Dec 4: Scientists are working to ensure that the Endangered Species Act remains effective in the face of a changing climate. A special section in the latest issue of Conservation Biology highlights their progress.
  • A Whale of a Thanksgiving Day Feast - Nov 26: Most of us are celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner, but the Inupiat people on Alaska's north slope will be giving thanks over an animal that is a bit bigger than your average holiday bird.
  • Endangered Species Act Turns 40 - Nov 22: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Species diversity and ecosystem health are part of the natural legacy we leave for future generations, and the Act helps protect this legacy.
  • Scientists on the Hunt for Sturgeon Spawning Areas - Nov 20: Sturgeon are spawning again in the Chesapeake Bay, but they’ve been gone so long that we’ve forgotten the basic life history information we need to boost their recovery. That’s about to change.
  • Steller Performance - Nov 18: The Eastern population of Steller sea lions, now recovered, is off the threatened species list under the Endangered Species Act.
  • 40 Species for 40 Years of the Endangered Species - Nov 21: A picture is worth a thousand words. See 40 Species for 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act in our new slideshow.
  • Celebrating 40 Years of Recovering Species - Nov 18: We're celebrating 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act, which means 40 years of recovering threatened and endangered species.
  • Report on Endangered Species Recovery - Jul 11: Check out our progress with endangered species recovery in the 2010-2012 Biennial Report to Congress on the Recovery Program for Threatened and Endangered Species.
  • Turtles Have Fingerprints? - Jun 14: New genetic technique with turtles reveals paternity and more.
  • U.S. and Russia Complete Largest Ice Seal Survey - Jun 13: Researchers from U.S. and Russia completed the largest survey ever for seals that live in sea-ice habitat.
  • To Protect Fin Whales, Listen Closely… - May 20: Scientists map out distinct populations of endangered fin whales based on differences in their songs.
  • Saving Coho Salmon: It's All About the Timing - May 17: As NOAA biologists work to re-establish runs of coho salmon in California, they aim to bring back some of the diversity of the wild populations that once thrived there.
  • The Keratin Connection - May 16: Experts with very different backgrounds join forces to protect endangered sea turtles.
  • Study Analyzes Risks to Whales from Ship Traffic - Mar 29: Researchers identified areas off southern California with high numbers of whales and assessed their risk from potentially deadly collisions with commercial ship traffic in a newly released study.
  • Public Comment Extended to List 66 Coral Species - Feb 25: The public comment period is extended for NOAA's proposed listing of 66 reef-building coral species under the Endangered Species Act.
  • When One Endangered Species Eats Another - Jan 22: When one endangered species eats another, ecosystem-based management may be the only way to save them both: killer whales and chinook salmon.
  • NOAA Helps Indonesian Team Protect Sea Turtles - July 2: NOAA scientists and an Indonesian turtle monitoring team study leatherback sea turtle nesting populations in Papua, Indonesia, to learn more about population decline factors to protect this endangered species.
  • Turtle Bycatch Experiments Empower Students - May 29: Students have unique opportunity to work with NOAA Fisheries scientists to protect turtles from the impacts of fishing gear in Baja California, Mexico.
  • NOAA Invites Comment on Coral Reports - April 13: NOAA announces the availability of several coral documents for public review and comment in response to a petition to list 83 species of coral under the Endangered Species Act. Photo Credit: Arkive, Franco Banfi
  • New Protections in Place for Atlantic Sturgeon - Jan. 31: NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced a final decision to list five distinct population segments of Atlantic sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Final Recovery Plan Issued for Steelhead Trout - Jan. 12: NOAA Fisheries Service issued a final Recovery Plan designed to stabilize and eventually restore steelhead trout numbers in coastal streams from the Santa Maria River in Santa Barbara County south to the United States and Mexico border.
  • Scientists Track the Gulf Sturgeon Stampede - Oct. 20: Cool fall temperatures signal to Gulf sturgeon that it’s time to migrate. That means NOAA Fisheries scientists are on their trail, determined to better understand these mysterious fish.
  • Bringing Back the Abalone - Oct. 3, 2011: Faced with a variety of threats, including disease and illegal harvest, abalone are endangered in some parts of the Northwest. But new NOAA-funded research could restore their numbers.